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HiRISE: South residual polar cap monitoring

Spooky — The wonderfully strange landscape of the South Polar region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Patterns unique, yet familiar

This close-up image gives the impression of looking like bacterial cells and their internal structures which travel and split in the process of life. These features are fractal in nature: the same image is preserved through different scales, with the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: South polar pit or an impact crater?

It is late summer in the Southern hemisphere, so the Sun is low in the sky and subtle topography is accentuated in orbital images. We see many shallow pits in the bright residual cap of carbon dioxide ice (also called … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Swiss-cheese terrain on south polar cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 4, 2016. This VIS image of the South Polar cap shows several different surface textures. It appears that the circular depressions (which look like swiss cheese) alter with time, appearing to lose the circular … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Trough in south polar ice cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 22, 2016. This VIS image shows part of a depression (or trough) on the polar cap. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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THEMIS: ‘Swiss cheese’ on south polar cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 21, 2016. This VIS image shows part of the South Polar cap. In this region the surface has numerous circular depressions, which give the appearance of a slice of swiss cheese. More THEMIS Images … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar Swiss cheese texture

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 26, 2016. This VIS image of the south polar cap shows a surface with hundreds of circular depressions. This texture is similar in appearance to Swiss cheese. It is caused by solar heating as … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar textures

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 20, 2014. This VIS image of the south polar cap shows many different surface textures as well as layering. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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THEMIS: South polar textures

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 14, 2014. The numerous small depressions seen in this VIS image of the south polar cap are informally called swiss cheese. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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THEMIS: South polar textures

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 6, 2014. This VIS image of the south pole shows a surface with numerous oval depressions. This texture has been described as looking like swiss cheese. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological … Continue reading

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